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801. Nov 05, 2013
Tanka a treat at Tennessee's Smoky Mountain Gift Show
the Tanka Team
Our Tanka team is currently at the Smoky Mountain Gift Show with Native Touch now through Nov. 8, 2013. The show is known for being one of the most popular trade shows for the souvenir, resort and gift industry (more...)



802. Nov 04, 2013
College recruiters spend time at Tanka headquarters
Jason Stover, marketing specialist
Bridget Neconie, Admission and Recruitment Specialist in the Office of Undergraduate Admission at UC Berkeley and Steven Abbott, Associate Director of Admissions/Coordinator of Native Outreach at Dartmouth College, stopped by the Tanka Bar office recently (more...)



803. Nov 01, 2013
Celebrate Bison Day by supporting the return of the buffalo
Mark A. Tilsen, Sr., President, Native American Natural Foods
Buffalo fed and clothed America's people before this land was called America. Buffalo are part of America's iconic grasslands. Buffalo hold a special place in the cultures and traditions of Native American peoples of the Plains (more...)



804. Oct 30, 2013
Native MMA athlete and businesswoman set to fight Nov. 1
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
We have featured Porcupine, SD, resident Sharice Davids (Ho-Chunk) before when we first heard about her business endeavor, HOKA! Coffee , which has since gained momentum and increased its consumer offerings (more...)



806. Oct 29, 2013
Nutritionist shares appreciation for Tanka Bar mission
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
When nutritionist Katelyn Wilson learned more about Tanka Bar last year, she had just come to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation for an agricultural internship in sustainable organic agriculture.

"What struck me most was they [Tanka Bar founders] are going above and beyond a normal product -- hypoallergenic, gluten free and dairy free," she said (more...)



808. Oct 25, 2013
New York 'fit medic' shows his Tanka colors
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Meet Brian Collins.

He is a medic living and working in New York City. Brian is a NASM certified personal trainer/fitness nutrition specialist, certified through Precision Nutrition as a Nutrition Coach, Level 2 MMA Fitness Trainer through Burn with Kearns MMA Fitness Training and a Tanka fan (more...)



810. Oct 24, 2013
Tanka team takes New York, continues filming with documentary film crew
the Tanka Team
Tanka Bar hit the Big Apple this week when our inside sales manager Eugene Stover and president Mark Tilsen handed out Tanka products at Columbus Circle in New York City.

A film team has been following our company for a documentary about innovative social entrepreneurs and they filmed the team in New York no (more...)



812. Oct 24, 2013
Army Initial Entry Training graduate fueled by Tanka
the Tanka Team
Our business manager Dawn Sherman's niece Allanah Gleason graduated IET at Fort Sill, OK. She loves her Tanka! Her auntie is so proud of her and so are we.

Congrats, Private Gleason!

(more...)



813. Oct 23, 2013
Red Cloud Indian School Health Class conducts interactive interview with Tanka team
Jason Stover, marketing specialist
This week we tried something new with the health class at Red Cloud Indian School in Pine Ridge, SD.

We set up our computers and Skype called Garrett Waters' class and did a few presentations for the students (more...)



815. Oct 18, 2013
Tanka participates in reservation-based school health fair in Allen, SD
Jason Stover, marketing specialist
For the second time this year, Tanka Bar participated in a Health Fair at American Horse School, located in Allen, SD, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

I ran our booth this time to provide information about our company and provide samples of our multiple products (more...)



817. Oct 16, 2013
South Dakota agriculture industry still working to recover from record-breaking storm
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
South Dakota was hit by the devastating winter storm, Atlas, early October which resulted in an estimated reported loss of 20,000 head of cattle across the western region of the state. Final numbers will take weeks to tally (more...)



818. Oct 15, 2013
New brochures feature active, real Tanka fans
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
We are very excited to announce that not only did our packaging get a new look but we have also updated our brochures to reflect our growth.

Take a look above at the top page of our new and improved brochures which features some of our Tanka fans who stay healthy, active and fueled by Tanka (more...)



819. Oct 14, 2013
Documentary filming happening now at Fairway Market on 12th St. in Harlem, NYC
Linda Crider, director of marketing and communications
Our president Mark Tilsen and our inside sales manager Eugene Stover are in New York City today for filming for a documentary about innovative social entrepreneurs.

As part of a series of films commissioned by Tribeca Film Institute in partnership with American Express, the film is being directed by award-winning film maker Gini Reticker ( Pray the Devil Back to Hell , among many others) and produced by Andrew Fredericks, who has 20 years experience in making public television and inde (more...)



820. Oct 09, 2013
Tanka spotted in Monticello, Utah
the Tanka Team
Our friends Ed Kohorst and Olivia Casey of ValueWorks, Inc. were on vacation recently and spotted our Tanka products at the Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum in Monticello, Utah. They even had our new (more...)



822. Oct 08, 2013
New Tanka flavor Apple Orange Peel reaches new heights
the Tanka Team
The above photo depicts the first time our new Apple Orange Peel Tanka Bar has reached an all-time high -- literally!

Our president Mark Tilsen hiked to the top of Harney Peak recently, obviously BEFORE the big winter storm of October, and took some Tanka Bars along for the trip (more...)



823. Oct 03, 2013
"They are so much better than the other protein bars..." Tanka's Top 10 Customer Comments for September
Jason Stover, marketing specialist
09.01.13 Tanka Bars & Tanka Dogs By MaKai from Rio Linda

There is nothing better after exercising then to have a nice Tanka Bar! The Tanka dogs are great, too. The big plus is seeing this company thrive (more...)



824. Sep 30, 2013
Tanka fan continues tradition of Tanka snacks and Alaskan views
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Our friend Peter Nelson, a resident of Kyle, SD, -- the location of our headquarters -- took a trip out to the Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska recently. He is working on his PhD in Botany through Oregon State University (more...)



826. Sep 25, 2013
Tanka team welcomes longtime friend and his tour group from Germany
Jason Stover, marketing specialist
When longtime Tanka friend Dr. Dirk Rohrbach stopped by our headquarters this week, I tried to greet him with a handshake, but he wouldn't have it. A hug was a better greeting this time around (I think he just needed to warm up a little) (more...)



827. Sep 20, 2013
MEME OF THE WEEK: Buffalo wings
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
A game-day favorite but Tanka is better (more...)



829. Sep 19, 2013
Cooking with Tanka: Spicy Tanka Paella by Erik Wolf
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
We had a contest recently where we asked all of you to send us your favorite recipe using any of our Tanka products. Here is a fantastic recipe from Erik Wolf of Dallas, Texas. He's the guitar player for the Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute band Green Mild Bell Peppers (more...)



831. Sep 13, 2013
MEME OF THE WEEK: If you can't take a hit
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Words to live by on or off the field! (more...)



833. Sep 10, 2013
"I spend a lot of time on the road and these work well for me"
Jason Stover, marketing specialist
08.01.13 Tanka bars By Kathy from Englewood

Love these bars! Found them in local shop and have been ordering these on line ever sense. Moist, chewy & filling. You know what your eating which is very important to me (more...)



834. Sep 09, 2013
Tanka company featured in Intertribal Buffalo Council magazine
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
The Intertribal Buffalo Council magazine Buffalo Tracks highlighted Tanka Bar and president Mark Tilsen in its Summer 2013 edition.

The magazine features 58 tribes serving the Buffalo Nation in 19 states (more...)



836. Sep 06, 2013
Cooking with Tanka: the Tanka Loaf by Scottie P
the Tanka Team
We recently had a recipe contest, and although we only could have one winner , we would like to share some of the great recipes that came out of it. This is one of our Facebook fans Scottie P's Tanka Loaf (more...)



838. Sep 06, 2013
MEME OF THE WEEK: Every day is Friday
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Gotta love Ta-TANKA (more...)



840. Sep 03, 2013
Shipment of new packaging hits Tanka headquarters
the Tanka Team
The new packaging launch for our Tanka products is in full gear. Our graphic artist, Kevin Brown of Smart Set, sent us the above video showing the recent printing process. Our president, Mark Tilsen, was recently on site to see the rollout first-hand (more...)



843. Sep 03, 2013
Ken Tilsen, 1927-2013
the Tanka Team
Tanka CEO Karlene Hunter and the team at Native American Natural Foods extends our condolences to our President, Mark Tilsen, and his family in the death of Mark's father, Ken Tilsen, Saturday in Hudson, WI (more...)



844. Aug 28, 2013
Community-focused festival on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation creates fun and cultural environment
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where our headquarters is located, isn't short of colorful and family-friendly events to take part -- especially over the summer months.

The Wazi Paha Festival, which took place this past weekend, celebrates community and culture (more...)



846. Aug 27, 2013
Native community in Baltimore sings Tanka Bar's praises
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
We got the above amazing photo from the good people of Native American Lifelines which is an IHS contract site and designated Urban Indian Organization in Baltimore, MD.

They are big fans of Tanka Bar and used our products for a recent culture class (more...)



847. Aug 27, 2013
Documentary filmmakers at Tanka headquarters for independent film
the Tanka Team
We are very excited to announce that Native American Natural Foods has been selected to be part of a documentary film about innovative social entrepreneurs. Our fantastic team at headquarters are being interviewed and profiled in this film

As part of a series of films commissioned by Tribeca Film Institute in partnership with American Express, the film is being directed by award-winning film maker Gini Reticker ( Pray the Devil Back to Hell , among many others) and produced by Andrew (more...)



848. Aug 26, 2013
Winning Tanka recipe comes from an old friend
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
We recently had a contest where we asked all of you to enter a recipe using Tanka products. Turns out the winning recipe belongs to our friend Marco Frucht. Marco is from Connecticut and is a poet, songwriter, folksinger and classical guitarist who is a big fan of Tanka Bar (more...)



850. Aug 22, 2013
Tanka Bar Jason makes an appearance in the kitchen
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
We had a rare treat at the Tanka Bar headquarters.

Our marketing specialist, Jason Stover, spearheaded our weekly lunch recently. Usually the ladies cook something healthy or in my case, paleo, for our once-a-week group lunch (more...)



852. Aug 21, 2013
Tanka CEO to be featured on KEVN Black Hills FOX News
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
KEVN Black Hills FOX News of Rapid City, SD, came to the Tanka headquarters today to interview CEO Karlene Hunter for a story about the company.

The feature is scheduled to air at 9 p.m. Mountain Time on Friday, Aug (more...)



854. Aug 21, 2013
MEME OF THE WEEK: Guess what day it is?!
the Tanka Team
Who need a camel when you've got buffalo? (more...)



856. Aug 20, 2013
Technology-focused SeniorNet contributes computer manuals to Tanka team
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Native American Natural Foods recently received useful software manuals from SeniorNet , a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization of computer-using adults, age 50 and older.

SeniorNet has been working with the Department of Interior and actively looking to identify Native tribes and organizations to support (more...)



857. Aug 20, 2013
Films focus on environmental issues in the Black Hills
the Tanka Team
The following edited press release comes from the Black Hills Clean Water Alliance , which has the goal to prevent uranium and rare earth element mining in the Black Hills region of South Dakota.

If you are in the Rapid City area, consider checking out these films (more...)



858. Aug 16, 2013
Tanka team member wins national title
the Tanka Team
We are very excited for our attorney Ed Gehres from Patton Boggs today. He won a national title at the US Rowing Masters! And it was wonderful of him to take this photo in a Tanka T-shirt while wearing his medal (more...)



860. Aug 14, 2013
Tanka business manager shares her garden for work lunches
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Dawn Sherman, our business manager at Tanka Bar, has a large garden at her home that she tends to with her family.

Over the last few months, Dawn has shared many vegetables from her garden with everyone at our headquarters and supplies them for our weekly healthy meals (more...)



862. Aug 13, 2013
South Dakota wraps up the 73rd Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
South Dakota was all abuzz last week for the 73rd Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Sturgis is about 120 miles from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. It was my first time experiencing the Rally, which takes place throughout Sturgis and I had a great time taking photos as well as catching up with our business manager Dawn Sherman and her friends (more...)



864. Aug 12, 2013
Native-based coffee company works to create sense of community, ownership
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
When Sharice Davids wanted to start a business to help the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation where she lives, she chose one of her biggest passions -- coffee.

"I think as Native people we need to really start to grow businesses and economy for ourselves and with each other," she said (more...)



865. Aug 08, 2013
Local Pine Ridge family shares photos from Oglala Lakota Nation events
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
The Oglala Lakota Nation Wacipi (Pow Wow) is the biggest event of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, the location of our headquarters.

People from all over the US come out to experience the pow wow and related activities in celebration of the event (more...)



867. Aug 06, 2013
NPR reports on Tanka's recent listing as a top trend in natural food
the Tanka Team
Reporter Jim Kent did a feature on Tanka Bar which aired on South Dakota Public Broadcasting, a part of the National Public Radio network.

It covered our recent listing on the Sterling-Rice Group's report: "10 Top Trends in the Natural and Organic Space for 2013 (more...)



870. Aug 06, 2013
'Good stuff from good people'
Jason Stover, marketing specialist
07.04.13 thanks By Kevin from amherst

these are excellent

07.05.12 Natives Supporting Natives By Delvis from Seattle

Natives Supporting Natives

07.07.13 The best hot dogs By Sara from Aumsville

These are the best tasting, best for you hot dogs you can buy (more...)



871. Aug 06, 2013
Motorcycle ride to benefit Pine Ridge Area Chamber of Commerce
the Tanka Team
If you are a motorcycle rider that will be in the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation area this week, consider the Reservation Tour coming up Aug. 8. It benefits the PRACC Visitor Center in Kyle, SD. See details above (more...)



873. Aug 05, 2013
Long-time fans stop by Tanka headquarters for the first time
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
David Brown Eyes, a big fan of Tanka Bar and an occasional contributor to our website, stopped by our headquarters today.

He, along with his wife Jonette, were in town for the 28th Annual Oglala Lakota Nation Wacipi (more...)



874. Aug 01, 2013
Paleo in a Food Desert: Zesty Lime Shrimp and Avocado Salad
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
We had such a treat today for lunch when our supply chain manager Rachel Hunter found a great recipe on Pinterest (we are on there by the way).

Our business manager Dawn Sherman lives in Rapid City (90 miles out), the closest large town to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation where we are located (more...)



876. Jul 31, 2013
Wisconsin health professionals fans of Tanka, stop by headquarters
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
We always love visits to the office, especially from our fans in the heatlh field. And we more than appreciate when they sing our praises.

Carolyn Devine and Ann Budzak Garza, M.D., from Gundersen Health System in LaCrosse, WI, stopped by our headquarters recently (more...)



878. Jul 31, 2013
Tanka a go-to food for fan working in Afghanistan
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Greg Baker, a fan of Tanka Bar who connects with us on Facebook , took the above photo in Khowst Province, Afghanistan.

Mr. Baker is a retired Army Ranger and has sent us photos from Afghanistan before (more...)



880. Jul 25, 2013
Tanka's new packaging in production, in final stages
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Our president Mark Tilsen has been working hard with the Belmark Inc. team to bring you our new and improved packaging due out in August.

Belmark is a label and package printing company based in De Pere, WI, and was awarded the Packaging Supplier of the Year Award by Schwan's Global Supply Chain (more...)



882. Jul 24, 2013
Busy paleo mom eats Tanka on the go
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
We love it when our fans take to social media to share how they enjoy their Tanka products.

Megan Mosack -- a fit mom who tweets under the handle @mmosack -- shared the above photo stating it was her lunch for the day (more...)



883. Jul 24, 2013
Bay Area Tanka fan and food entrepreneur honored with 30 Under 30 accolade
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Last year I had the opportunity to do a Tanka tasting at one of our great retailers, Bi-Rite Market in San Francisco, CA. While there I met Shakirah Simley who is a community coordinator for the store and she actually is a big fan of Tanka (more...)



884. Jul 23, 2013
Local students get 'geared up' over Tanka
Jenice Johnson, manager of marketing and communications
The Tanka team was recently asked to speak to the local GEAR UP group at Little Wound School in Kyle, SD.

We were invited to have lunch with the students prior to speaking to the class as one of the students acted as our guide and host (more...)



885. Jul 22, 2013
Wimberly, Texas: Take a sip on the square with a side of Tanka
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Our Twitter friend @Keith Norris of Ancestral Momentum tweeted us the above photo he shot of some of our Tanka Bars in a coffee shop in Wimberly, Texas.

Called Sip! on the Square , the shop also specializes in an assortment of hot and cold beverages and fresh baked (more...)



887. Jul 22, 2013
Tanka headquarters receives a visit from the Church of the Brethren
Jason Stover, marketing specialist
Volunteers from the Church of the Brethren have been helping around the Kyle, SD, area for around 15 years.

The Church of the Brethren is a gathering from places all over the U.S. -- Michigan, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Florida, and Kansas (more...)



888. Jul 19, 2013
Czech journalist tours Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, interviews Tanka CEO
Jason Stover, marketing specialist
Tomas Nidr, a Czech journalist, stopped by the Tanka headquarters today and interviewed our Tanka Bar CEO, Karlene Hunter.

Ms. Hunter gave him a brief tour of the building and he introduced himself to the Tanka Bar staff (more...)



890. Jul 19, 2013
Oglala Lakota film producer and director receives Emmy
the Tanka Team
Exciting news today from Indian Country. We received the following release from Walt Pourier, an Oglala Lakota designer who created our Tanka Bar runner logo.

Oglala Lakota film producer and director Larry Pourier received an Emmy for directing the documentary Urban REZ with Rocking Mountain PBS (more...)



891. Jul 18, 2013
Field blaze visible from Tanka headquarters
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
There is never a dull moment in the small town of Kyle, SD, where our headquarters is located.

A fire started today in a field down the way from the Tanka office and just meters away from a propane plant (more...)



892. Jul 17, 2013
Tanka fan gives advice on how to photograph a powwow
David Brown Eyes, photographer
Powwows are a public celebration of Native song, dance, food and culture that are open for anyone to enjoy. No one tribe can claim full ownership of the powwow but each nation has added their own style and flavor to the family friendly celebrations (more...)



893. Jul 16, 2013
Caveman-inspired fitness deal includes Tanka
the Tanka Team
Our great retail partners Onnit Labs are a fun group of guys. They created the above image for their new "Caveman Pack" page. The description of the pack is as follows:

"The Onnit 'Caveman Pack' deals are meant to help get you back in touch with your primal nature (more...)



894. Jul 16, 2013
Rapid City tasting proves people are just "wild" about Tanka
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
I had the pleasure of doing a Tanka tasting this past weekend at Wild Strawberry Market in Rapid City, SD, for their one-year anniversary celebration.

The store offered many other tasty samples along with our products (more...)



895. Jul 15, 2013
Seattle strongman lifts big, eats Tanka
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
Brandon Morrison is a big fan of Tanka. So much so that when he placed an order for some of our products, including a few of our T-shirts, he posted a photo of his loot to his over 40,000-fan Facebook business page -- Lift Big, Eat Big (more...)



896. Jul 12, 2013
Tanka team excited about new packaging, gearing up for August launch
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
We have been telling you about our upcoming new packaging due to launch in August for a few months now. But we recently got to enjoy gawking at some of the proofs! We had a little fun seeing our products' new look (more...)



897. Jul 11, 2013
Making the best of summer without expectations
Kieran Sequoia, wellness advocate
Editor's Note: Kieran Sequoia is a Native American, Mexican, French and Deutsch actor, producer and self-proclaimed happiness junkie living in New York City. She will periodically write blog posts about health and wellness for the Tanka website (more...)



899. Jul 10, 2013
Tanka ladies ward off snake at headquarters
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing
When a snake threatens the office our ladies don't run away, they take care of business.

Our business manager Dawn Sherman even tried to pick it up! Don't worry, it was only a bull snake. But we all did our share of squealing anyway!

Pictured above are Tonya Hunter, production manager, and Kelly Hunter, shipping specialist, in the top left corner (more...)